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A Broader Bolder Approach to the Common Core Engages the Whole Child and All Children

Elaine Weiss | Posted 03.10.2013 | Education
Elaine Weiss

As more states move to implement the Common Core State Standards, we should applaud the movement's potential benefits, but also recognize its limitations.

Five Reasons Why the NRA Must Be Stopped

Ethan Rome | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics
Ethan Rome

The NRA doesn't offer solutions. It works to keep things the way they are, not to reduce gun violence in America. We have to put the NRA on notice that its days of steamrolling Congress are over.

Father Blasts Teaching Gay 'Propaganda' In Public Schools

San Juan Capistrano Patch | Penny Arévalo | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A father of four plans to come before the Capistrano Unified School District’s school board Monday to complain that local schools are turning into ...

Five Issues for 2013

Daniel Moulthrop | Posted 03.04.2013 | Impact
Daniel Moulthrop

During the holidays, I invariably wind up feeling far behind on every to-do list. It's all I can do to take in everybody else's end of the year sum-ups and lists. So, I wait until the day I'm back at my desk to add my two cents. Here goes, five things you should care about in 2013 (but you probably do already).

Education as Preventive Medicine: An Interview With Dr. Jay Feldstein

Dan Ross | Posted 03.04.2013 | Education
Dan Ross

In addition to the overabundance of food fattening our kids' bodies, our children also are also suffering from a famine of food for thought, a failing school system that is directly contributing to both their poor health care outcomes and their high health care costs.

Educators Testing Their Courage After Newtown

Shaun Johnson | Posted 03.04.2013 | Education
Shaun Johnson

A mild kerfuffle erupted in the last couple of weeks over who in the education community could claim ownership of some of the selfless heroism displayed by Sandy Hook staff. Notable reform opponent Diane Ravitch happened to mention that they belonged to their professional union.

Death of a Mentor: What I Learned About the Meaning of Impact

Winnie Kao | Posted 03.02.2013 | Impact
Winnie Kao

Maybe he didn't know how much an honest conversation or encouraging word meant to a kid -- but it set in motion a string of positive actions that helped me become the person I am today -- and I hope to honor his legacy by passing it forward.

Is This Education Model Replicable?

John Merrow | Posted 02.28.2013 | Education
John Merrow

Rocketship Schools -- currently seven in all -- are among the top performing low income schools in the state of California.

Childhood Obesity: Not Just Waitin' on the World to Change

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.26.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Children trying to overcome the burdens of obesity on their health and self-image are routinely obligated to weather a daily storm of bullying, abuse, and derision. They are denied the solace of friendship -- and often turn to food for comfort.

For a Better Society, Teach Philosophy in High Schools

Michael Shammas | Posted 02.25.2013 | College
Michael Shammas

Why philosophy? Because the study of philosophy, the "love of wisdom," creates and nurtures thoughtful minds, minds that can -- as Aristotle suggests -- entertain a thought without accepting it.

How Should Educators Respond to the Gun Lobby?

Gary Anderson | Posted 02.22.2013 | Education
Gary Anderson

Talk of elementary schools as "soft targets" and making them "harder targets" or having more "boots on the ground" is everywhere in the media. Saner voices are promoting a restorative justice approach to school safety that aims at the school culture and seeks through mediation to build relationships.

The NRA Is Right!

Aaron Harber | Posted 02.22.2013 | Politics
Aaron Harber

Despite these objections, the NRA's proposal could be a good one for a number of reasons. Here are the arguments for it.

Consider the Messenger

Wendy Fontaine | Posted 02.22.2013 | Crime
Wendy Fontaine

I'm not sure why, but I expected more from the NRA on Friday. I anticipated a more conciliatory attitude, a more constructive tone. I thought maybe, finally, the NRA would consider reasonable measures to limit the number and type of guns that find their way into the hands of dangerous people.

Alaska Student Arrested for Alleged School Shooting Threats

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 02.20.2013 | Crime
Alaska Dispatch News

Following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut on Dec. 14, Anchorage Police Chief Mark Mew said that the most important thing that...

The New Normal

Elissa Stein | Posted 02.20.2013 | Education
Elissa Stein

Yesterday afternoon I got the following text from my daughter: "Hey there is a lockdown at my school could you find out what is happening..." The lack of punctuation and capitalization flew through my mind as I processed what I was reading.

The Missing Link?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.19.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

My opinion is that the next big thing in health promotion will be a rediscovery, and reaffirmation, of the family. Because children and parents shape one another's culture. Because adults and kids will get to health together, or probably not at all. Because in unity, there is strength.

Can Public Education as We Know it Survive?

Edward Fiske | Posted 02.17.2013 | Education
Edward Fiske

Americans are now confronted with two radically different visions of public education. Which vision ultimately prevails will go a long way toward determining the quality of the education available to future generations of children.

States Look To Arm Who?

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics

State lawmakers across the country are in the process of introducing legislation to allow the arming of teachers, in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elemen...

Our Kids Are All Right at School

Christina Loccke | Posted 02.17.2013 | Parents
Christina Loccke

Our children are safe because when they are at school, they are someone else's kid, too. There is someone there who hasn't slept in three days because children were murdered on Friday. She or he is rearranging the classroom furniture, checking the locks and preparing to save your child.

Latest Race to the Top Grants Go to States at Bottom of School Funding Equity

David Sciarra | Posted 02.17.2013 | Education
David Sciarra

The nation's students urgently need the federal government to begin pressing states to revamp their school finance systems based on the actual cost of delivering rigorous academic standards, including the additional funds required for students in high need districts and schools.

A Counter Narrative for a Day Such as This

Gary Stager | Posted 02.13.2013 | Education
Gary Stager

December 14th's unfathomable tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School is unlikely to lead to serious action on gun control. More likely, there will be...

An Educational Resoulution in Honor of Connecticut

Amy Elias, MS | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Amy Elias, MS

We are the desired future now. What do we have to do today so that tomorrow is better for all of us? The feeling of peace, serenity, and safety ought to pervade our educational systems without fear.

An Open Letter to My Children in a Town Not Far From Newtown

David Mednicoff | Posted 02.16.2013 | Crime
David Mednicoff

This is why your mom and I don't really like you to play with toy guns, and we definitely support laws that make it more difficult for people to have guns. Yet guns are not the only problem here. Sometimes people do really bad things.

Sweet Post-Sandy Surprise for Staten Island Families

Tory Johnson | Posted 02.16.2013 | Impact
Tory Johnson

Thanks to more than $100,000 in contributions in just 15 days from friends, family and contacts I have met through my business, my family and I have driven to Staten Island over the past few weekends and put money in the hands of people hurt by Sandy.

The Threshold of Revelation

Christian Clarke | Posted 02.15.2013 | Education
Christian Clarke

This year there are moments when I'm lost and miserable and struggling with what it means to be an inner-city teacher. For the first time I'd started to wonder if I can go on teaching in the school I love but which is struggling against immense forces it can't control. Had I lost my calling?